- After my new gardens are installed, what do I need to do to make the plants thrive?
Almost all plants thrive as a result of the following routine maintenance:
- Pruning (or deadheading) flowering plant materials will help the remaining buds maintain their energy and bloom like the initial buds. Pruning also enhances the structure and shape of plants.
- Fertilizing most plants, especially during the first few years, will help them greatly, but over-fertilization may be harmful, so follow the directions on the package.
- Mulch spread on the soil of your garden beds will help preserve moisture in the soil and protect plant roots from the hot sun. Mulch also serves as a layer of insulation that helps protect plant roots from fluctuations in temperature.
- Edging your garden beds at least annually helps separate the roots that you want in the bed from the roots that are meant to be elsewhere.
- Watering your plants. Watering during drought and bloom periods is especially important for the overall health of the plant. You may water the plants by a hose or via an irrigation system.
Luckily for all of us, gardens are constantly evolving, and look different from season to season and year to year. The plants in your garden will offer different visual interest as they mature and grow larger. The shapes of your plants will change as will their size. As the plants grow larger, they will also grow closer together, and the blooming rhythm of the plants may fluctuate from one year to the next. One easy way to slightly modify the look of your garden is to use different types of mulch from year to year, from light to dark.
We ask you, because we view each project not as an isolated job but as the beginning or continuation of a long-term partnership. At the end of each project, we will provide you with a survey asking for your feedback. In addition to the results of the survey, we measure ourselves by determining how well the plants are doing in your garden. We want all of the plants that we install for you not just to survive, but to thrive.
We believe that by providing you a thriving landscape that meets your goals,
offering you creative solutions to your individual needs, and being consistently
responsive, that you will be completely satisfied with your relationship with
It is our pleasure to help you locate meaningful information as you consider your landscape plans. We've listed below some of the websites that we believe you may find most useful.
- Dig Safe: www.digsafe.com
- Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI): www.icpi.org
- Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals (MLP): www.mlp-mclp.org
- Massachusetts Extension Services: www.umassgreeninfo.org
- Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association (MNLA): www.mnla.com
- New Hampshire Extension Services and Master Gardener Program: http://extension.unh.edu/FHGEC/FHGEC
- United States National Arboretum USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap
- Victory Garden, as shown on PBS: www.pbs.org/wgbh/victorygarden/